Scratch build US Army "Scout" Armoured recon vehicle XM800 T

Postby Sub » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:59 pm

Hi chaps,
As my FV430 Bulldog build is nearly over i started looking for another totally unique build that no body as far as i know has made one of these, most probably have not even seen or heard of one.
Its an armoured light tank which is capable of being air dropped has a 20mm auto cannon fully stabalised and night vision, 3 man crew.
I will be scratch building the vehicle at 1/13 scale full rc from Styrene sheet as per my bull dog.
Unfortunately the production was halted and cancelled in 1974 due to a defence review and budget cuts which was a shame as the vehicle exceeded all the specs the Army wanted at the time and the evaluation crews loved them, i think a large order was placed for them before the cuts.

There are a few about in museums and on display outside Fort Knox USA and at BAE systems.

A few pics of the basic lower hull box with suspension points added.

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Postby Sub » Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:34 pm

Building the hull sides up with internal support, the left hull side is different to the right side but both sides eventually make up to a flat hull top for the turret base.
This build will be quite challenging as the vehicle has many sloping sides, angles and triangular sections

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Postby Sub » Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:48 pm

Left and right rear hull sides added.
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Postby Sub » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:25 pm

Hi.
Right hand side, middle to front hull side added.
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Postby Sub » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:38 pm

Hi.
Here is a youtube video of one on the move i found

https://youtu.be/qitsOkEsMlU

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Postby Sub » Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:03 pm

Hi.
Left hand hull sides added, you can see the difference here between right and left sides some thought had to go into the dimensions of each side to ensure that when fully completed and built up they provide a flat surface for the upper hull deck to fit correctly and ultimately the turret and its ring.
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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:05 pm

Nice build , very clean joints. I usually mess up the styrene glue by using the wrong paintbrush , last bottle of EMA plastic weld turned brown as the brush was not cleaned,

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Postby Sub » Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:47 pm

Hi,
Thank you Mr Ronnie for your interest.
I have only just purchased my first ever bottle of EMA glue, primarily for glueing different types of plastic, as my stock of the other glue i used has expired and i use abs among other types of plastic in my builds so needed something that would weld them all together.

My usual glue for the majority of my Styrene builds is Contacta Professional as you apply it with a needle attached and as you say you can achieve some good clean glue lines with little excess.
Thx for looking.
Regards.
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Postby Sub » Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:48 pm

Hi.
Front Cross brace bulkhead added and start of the hull front make up including headlamp recesses.
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Postby midlife306 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:53 pm

I’m loving it Sub, keep up the good work


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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:06 pm

I did hear of these though it may have been a British used/proposed vehicle but like your self I don’t recall seeing anything other than trials

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Postby Sub » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:44 pm

Hi Chaps,
Thx for the interest and encouragement.
Bit more done on the headlight frontal area to be able to make the headlight "buckets".
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Postby Sub » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:31 pm

Hi.
Bit more done, headlamp recesses done, just need a bit more trimming for the angle of the upper front hull when i fit it.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:54 pm

My God Mr Sub, you have a lot on here !
I'd say that most of the global supply of styrene sheet is now diverted to your house 8O
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Postby Sub » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:58 pm

Hi Mr Bix,
Thx for your interest, and comments. :haha:
You are quite right, there is a lot going on, most of it support for the upper hull deck which is full of angles and triangular shapes......more than Pythagoras's note book :crazy: :haha:
A few more pics, this time of the rear end, support for the rear upper part of the hull where it meets the top deck, plus some cross brace upper supports.
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Postby Sub » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:44 pm

Hi.
Check fit of the gearbox's, as can be seen im using a spare set of low profile gearboxes, there is loads of space for them , my plan on using the low profile gearboxes is so i can put a removable deck section in above them to fit a rather large speaker box which will sit directly below where the rear engine cooling grills are located on the real thing.
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Postby Sub » Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:30 pm

Hi.
Build up of the rear pannel and rear of the hull roof.
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Postby Sub » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:25 pm

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Postby Sub » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:28 pm

More.
Should look ok when cleaned up.
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Postby ronnie42 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:48 pm

Very neat joints , much better than mine,

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